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Regional Innovation Report (2016) Baden-Württemberg


According to the Regional Innovation Scoreboard Baden-Württemberg is one of the innovation leaders in Europe. In particular, manufacturing is very important for Baden-Württemberg's economy. In 2014, 30.3% of Baden-Württemberg's employees fell into this sector. The federal state is highly specialised in 'manufacture of machinery and equipment' as well as 'manufacture of motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers'. Thus, with regard to industry 4.0 Baden-Württemberg has the potential for producing and applying industry 4.0 solutions for production systems. In the former respect, also ICT should be considered. The employment share of ICT in Baden-Württemberg (3.4%) is above the national average. Several big companies are based in Baden-Württemberg that already apply or produce industry 4.0 solutions. Examples of these are SAP, Festo, ebm-papst, SEW-Eurodrive, Trumpf, Pilz, Wittenstein, Sick, CAS and Seeburger.

In addition to manufacturing and IT firms, there are also many universities and research institutes active in relevant fields. Among these are the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT), the University of Stuttgart, the Fraunhofer IPA and the Fraunhofer IOSB.

Several intermediaries aim to promote the development and application of industry 4.0 in Baden-Württemberg. But also the federal government aims at boosting the production and application of industry 4.0 solutions. Lately, Baden-Württemberg's Minister for Finance and Economics expresses the aim that the Land becomes lead market and lead producer for industry 4.0. To this end, a steering committee has been installed and various activities have been started. In order to combine the knowledge and activities available in Baden-Württemberg, the Alliance Industry 4.0 was established in 2015. It is comprised of all important stakeholders in this realm. Among others, the installation of the Application Centre Industry 4.0 at Fraunhofer IPA and the Research Factory Campus East at the KIT have been supported publicly. In addition to that, several research projects receive funding from the federal government. The state's government not only focuses on promoting research and development. In order to promote the application of industry 4.0 solutions on a broad scale, 15 learning factories are to be established at vocational schools. These facilities should also contribute to spreading the technologies among SMEs.

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